Guides & FAQ

    Students

    What does the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) do?
    The Center for Disability Resources facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating accommodations and support services. The CDR works with graduate and undergraduate students with various types of disabilities including learning, physical, hearing, visual, psychological, and chronic medical conditions.

    How do I register with the CDR?
    Registration includes submission of both the Application for Accommodations and Services and disability documentation (see general guidelines and specific guidelines). There are separate application forms for undergraduate and graduate students. (See Undergraduate Application for Accommodations & Services and Graduate Application for Accommodations & Services.) After review of a student's application and relevant documentation, the CDR will coordinate services and accommodations based on eligibility. The student will receive a letter indicating specific accommodations they are eligible to receive. In addition, an appointment will be set up for an orientation session. The CDR works with students with various types of disabilities including learning, physical, hearing, visual, psychological, and chronic medical conditions.

    • Undergraduate Student Registration
    • Graduate Student Registration

    How do high school services differ from college disability services?
    Go to the Parent and Family Guide.

    What qualifies as a disability?
    Disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more of an individual's major life activities. This is typically supported by a formal record of the impairment. "Impairment" is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Where is the CDR located and what are its office hours?
    CDR Location and Office Hours
    IIT Center for Disability Resources
    3424 S. State Street - 1C3-2
    Chicago, Illinois 60616
    disabilities@iit.edu
    312.567.5744 voice
    312.567.3845 fax
    312.567.5135 TDD

    Office hours are by appointment and generally occur Monday - Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Please call 312.567.5744 for an appointment or email disabilities@iit.edu.

    I am a student with a disability who is taking IIT Online courses. Am I eligible for accommodations?
    Students with disabilities enrolled in IIT Online courses are eligible for accommodations. In order to receive accommodations for a disability, please contact the Center for Disability Resources at disabilities@iit.edu or at 312.567.5744. You will need to submit documentation of your disability and speak with a staff member in the CDR to determine what accommodations are appropriate. Additional information about the CDR, services, and documentation guidelines can be found on this website. Advance planning is critical to ensuring that accommodations are provided in a timely manner.

    What are reasonable accommodations?
    Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to policy, practice, and programs that "level the playing field" for students with disabilities and provide equal access to IIT's programs and activities. Examples include the administration of exams, note taking services, sign language interpretation, assistive technology, and coordination of accessible housing needs. Accommodation plans and services are individualized to match the disability-related needs of each student and are determined according to documentation and the student's program requirements.

    How are reasonable accommodations determined?
    Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis after the CDR considers the student's needs as described in their disability documentation. Faculty members also have the opportunity to consult with the CDR on the final determination of accommodations for each of their courses and students. Some accommodations may be appropriate in one course or program, but not in another.

    What are my rights?
    Illinois Institute of Technology students with disabilities have the right to equal access to all programs, facilities, and resources offered by the university. Furthermore, they have the right to make self-directed decisions about their participation in all aspects of university life. With these principles in mind, the CDR works closely with IIT students with disabilities to ensure their equal access, to promote their independence, and to support them in the efforts to make informed academic and personal choices. More on Rights and Responsibilities.

    I'm having difficulty with a couple of my classes. Does the CDR provide tutoring?
    The CDR offers a variety of support services to its students with disabilities, including individual consultation and skill building workshops that address time management and organizational skills. Additionally, the CDR will provide referrals to on- and off-campus services. For tutoring, please visit IIT¹s Academic Resource Center (ARC) at http://arc.iit.edu/.

    I'm concerned about my privacy. What is your policy on confidentiality?
    The Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) regulates disclosure of disability documentation and records maintained by the CDR. Under this federal act, prior written consent by the student is required before the CDR may release disability documentation or records, except under very specific circumstances. For further information, please refer to the CDR Confidentiality Policy.

    Because of my disability, I have special housing needs. How can I make arrangements for special housing?
    Disability related housing accommodations are modifications to the residential environment for students whose disabilities substantially limit their ability to live in IIT's traditional housing arrangements. These accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to documented need, and prevailing standards for reasonable accommodations. Housing accommodations are granted after it is determined that the student's disability status necessitates adjustments to the living environment.

    Students applying for housing accommodations must follow the university's application procedures for housing; please refer to the housing website for this information: http://www.housing.iit.edu/. In addition to the standard application process, students must also submit a Disability Housing Accommodations Request Form and required disability documentation (see general guidelines and specific guidelines) to the CDR for consideration of their requests. Please see Disability Housing Accommodations Procedures and Guidelines.

    Please note: Students who have medical conditions that do not constitute a disability may also apply for a special assignment or transfer to a location that may better addresses their needs through standard housing procedures. Please see the housing website for more information: http://www.housing.iit.edu/.

    Procedures:

    1. Follow general housing procedures, including relevant applications; please refer to the housing website for this information: http://www.housing.iit.edu/.   Students must be eligible for university housing in order to be eligible for housing accommodations.
    2. Submit a completed* Disability Housing Accommodations Request Form and required disability documentation (see general guidelines and specific guidelines) to:
      The Center for Disability Resources
      3424 S. State Street - 1C3-2
      Chicago, Illinois 60616
      disabilities@iit.edu
      312-567-3845 fax

      *Incomplete applications or those without disability documentation will not be considered.

     
    I'm interested in working for the CDR. What positions do you have available and how do I apply?
    The Center for Disability Resources hires students for a variety of positions, including note-takers, exam proctors, readers, research assistants, and office assistants. To apply for one of these positions send your resume and cover letter (including the position desired) to: disabilities@iit.edu.

    Faculty

    How will I know if a student with a disability is enrolled in one of my courses?
    Students registered with the CDR will present an Accommodation Letter that outlines CDR recommendations for accommodations for your course. The CDR strongly encourages students with disabilities to present these letters at the beginning of the semester, however, some students elect not to for a variety of reasons. The CDR advises these students that accommodations are not retroactive and are more difficult to negotiate later in the semester. If you suspect that a student has a disability and is in need of accommodations, please contact the CDR.

    Why do students with disabilities often need testing accommodations?
    In some cases, students with disabilities are entitled to accommodations related to administration of examinations. These testing accommodations modify, in specific ways, the way an exam is administered to students. Typical testing accommodations include extended time in which to complete the exam, alternate format (e.g. large print), a smaller proctored environment in which to take the exam, and the use of a computer or other assistive technology. The intent of testing accommodations is not to alter performance requirements or lessen course standards; rather, their purpose is to ensure equal access to the testing setting for students with relevant disabilities and to remove barriers that traditional exam administration presents.

    How are reasonable accommodations determined by the CDR?
    Accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis after the CDR considers the student's needs as described in their disability documentation. The CDR has established strict disability documentation guidelines that provide enough information to determine the student's disability status and their related accommodation needs. Faculty members also have the opportunity to consult with the CDR on the final determination of accommodations for each of their courses and students. Some accommodations may be appropriate in one course, but not in another.

    Where are you located and what are are your hours?
    Main Campus Illinois Institute of Technology
    3424 S. State Street - 1C3-2
    Chicago, IL 60616

    Office hours are by appointment and generally occur Monday - Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm. Please call 312.567.5744 for an appointment or email disabilities@iit.edu.

    What should I do if a student approaches me about an accommodation that was not included in the Accommodation Letter from the CDR?
    Faculty should refer students to the CDR to evaluate the student's new request. The CDR will review their request along with their disability information and consult with the faculty member to determine if the student's requested accommodation is appropriate for that course.

    What is assistive technology and what types of students with disabilities benefit from it?
    Assistive technology is any piece of computer software, hardware, or equipment that makes technology accessible to people with disabilities. Examples of assistive technology include screen magnification software, screen reading software, Braille translation software, accessible computer or laboratory stations, or audio textbooks.

    Parents & Families

    How can my student register with the CDR?
    Registration includes submission of both the Application for Accommodations and Services and disability documentation (see general guidelines and specific guidelines). There are separate application forms for undergraduate and graduate students. (See Undergraduate Application for Accommodations & Services and Graduate Application for Accommodations & Services.) The application and disability documentation guidelines are available online and at the CDR office. After review of a student's documentation and application, the CDR will coordinate services and accommodations based on eligibility and an appointment will be scheduled for an orientation session.

    Who does the CDR serve?
    The CDR works with graduate and undergraduate students with various types of disabilities including learning, physical, hearing, visual, psychological, and chronic medical conditions.

    Should my student disclose his/her disability status on the admissions application?
    Illinois Institute of Technology does not inquire or require students with disabilities to disclose their disability status on the admissions application. Decisions around disability disclosure are personal ones, which should be carefully considered. Once students are admitted and enrolled, they should contact the CDR to begin the registration process to ensure that accommodations and services are in place for the start of their courses.

    My student has difficulty with organization and time management, what resources are available at the CDR to help him / her?
    The CDR offers a variety of support services to its students with disabilities, including individual consultation and skill building workshops that address time management and organizational skills.

    My student has a physical disability, how accessible is Illinois Institute of Technology?
    All of IIT's programs and activities are accessible to people with disabilities. If a particular program or activity is scheduled for a venue that is not fully accessible, it is IIT's policy to relocate such events to accessible facilities that meet the needs of the individual student. CDR works closely with students to ensure that their residence halls and classrooms meet their access needs. Prospective students and their families visiting the campus may arrange for an Access Tour through the CDR.

    How do high school services differ from college disability services?
    Go to the Parent and Family Guide.

    What are my student's rights?
    Illinois Institute of Technology students with disabilities have the right to equal access to all programs, facilities, and resources offered by the university. Furthermore, they have the right to make self-directed decisions about their participation in all aspects of university life. With these principles in mind, the CDR works closely with IIT students with disabilities to ensure their equal access, to promote their independence, and to support them in the efforts to make informed academic and personal choices. More on Rights and Responsibilities.

    Can I contact the CDR to discuss issues about my student?
    The Center for Disability Resources strives to encourage independency and self advocacy in their students. Under no circumstances can the CDR discuss CDR-registered students without formal written consent (Permission to Disclose Records Form) from that student.

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